Ohio Lawmakers Give Life to “Heartbeat Bill”

Dec 9, 2016

The Ohio House and Senate passed HB 493 on Tuesday as an amendment to a child abuse and neglect bill that would ban abortion after a baby’s heartbeat is detected. Known as the Unborn Heartbeat Protection Act, or the “heartbeat bill,” this legislation has been before lawmakers for several years. The “heartbeat bill” is sponsored by Representative Barbara R. Sears and Representative Scott Ryan and now goes to Governor John Kasich, who has 10 days to sign it.

Liberty Counsel has offered pro bono counsel and defense for the “heartbeat bill,” which would prohibit most abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy. The bill states: “Fetal heartbeat has become a key medical predictor that an unborn human individual will reach live birth.”

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